Germany and Scotland: Through the Pandemic and Beyond

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Germany and Scotland through the pandemic and beyond: Building our Cooperation on Common Challenges

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The Scottish Government Germany Hub, RSA Scotland and European Merchants are pleased to invite you to a virtual dialogue on the Germany-Scotland relationship:

Wednesday 9 December 2020

11.00 – 12.30 CET / 10.00-11.30 GMT

Online via Zoom | Event in English


Dr. Alexandra Stein, Director of the Scottish Government Hub in Germany

Welcome and introductions

Michael Russell MSP – Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs for the Scottish Government

Opening remarks

Andreas Peschke – Director-General for European Affairs at the German Federal Foreign Office

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Chaired by: Stefanie Bolzen, UK & Ireland Correspondent, Die WELT / WELT am Sonntag

Anthony Salamone: Managing Director · European Merchants

Building the Germany-Scotland bilateral relationship in changing times

Sarah Deas: Trustee, Wellbeing Economy Alliance (Scotland)

The need for a wellbeing economy

Dr. Florian Ranft: Head of Programme, Economic and Social Transformation, Das Progressive Zentrum

Germany’s social market economic model

Jamie Cooke: Head of RSA Scotland

Discussion on a universal basic income

As Europe and the world continue to confront the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the most pressing questions has become how we can ‘build back better’ by finding innovative ways to address the failings of the past. This global conversation is taking many different forms – involving concepts such as the wellbeing economy, new economic models, Green New Deals and universal basic income. Enormous potential exists for us to learn from each other and to work together, both in how we manage the pandemic and how we recover from it.

Germany and Scotland have a rich and long-standing relationship, underpinned by common values and interests. For example, Scotland shares many of Germany’s priorities for its current Presidency of the EU Council – including the pursuit of sustainable and inclusive growth; climate and energy, with the rapid development of a hydrogen economy; digital transformation; and health resilience. Amidst the great challenges and substantial change that we face, including the new relationship between the EU and the UK, now is an opportune moment to consider how organisations and individuals in both countries can share ideas, create partnerships and find solutions to the major questions of the day.

In this spirit, the Scottish Government Germany Office, RSA Scotland and European Merchants are delighted to invite you to participate in a virtual dialogue . Gathering together thought leaders from Germany and Scotland, this event will serve as an initial opportunity to identify areas of mutual interest for further discussion and collaboration, such as on the wellbeing economy, basic income and the green recovery. Beginning with a selection of short presentations on relevant themes, the dialogue will be focused on interactive debate and consider how to concretely take forward ideas that emerge. Our ambition is for the dialogue to serve as a launching point for new and wide-ranging cooperation between actors in Germany and Scotland.

This event is free. Registration in advance required. All are welcome

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For further information about RSA activity or Fellowship in Scotland please contact Jamie Cooke

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